Women on Boards Webinars

CAAWS is pleased to announce the launch of our National Women on Boards Webinar Series, with exciting presenters scheduled through the fall and winter of 2018/2019.

Each webinar is packaged and delivered from the unique perspective of our featured presenter. There are three different webinar packages to choose from:

  1. Women on Boards for Organizations: An organization-focused webinar that addresses how to create an inclusive board culture, the value of adding women to your board, and strategies to recruit more women. Available in English and French.
  2. A special organization-focused webinar from Dina Bell-Laroche, the author of our Guide to Creating Gender Equitable Boards. Available in English on October 31st.
  3. Webinar for Women: A women-focused webinar that addresses how to navigate the challenges of accessing a board position, succeeding in the role, and creating your own personal leadership plan. Available in English and French.

Explore below to meet our presenters and find registration links. This page will be updated as new presenters are confirmed through the fall and winter. Registration is $10 per participant to support the cost of the webinar delivery.

CAAWS would like to recognize Sport Canada for their financial support of this initiative.


March 27 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Women on Boards for Organizations led by David Patterson. (English).


David Patterson








September 26 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Webinar for Women led by Sheilagh Croxon. (English)

Sheilagh CroxonEarly in her life, Sheilagh Croxon had a clear vision of what she wanted to be: the kind of coach who could inspire athletes to reach for the best in themselves.

A chartered professional Synchronized Swimming coach, Sheilagh’s resume includes dozens of international podium successes at major competitions and numerous awards for coaching excellence. She continues to mentor other coaches and shares her philosophy and expertise through leadership workshops and clinics.

Sheilagh is a past board member of Synchro Canada, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario and the High Performance Advisory Committee for Commonwealth Games Canada. As a consultant with the Coaching Association of Canada’s Women in Coaching program (2004-2012) Sheilagh developed and championed strategies to improve conditions for women coaches. As Past Chair of the Coaches Association of Ontario, she continues to advocate for the profession of coaching in Canada.

In addition to being a Canadian member of the FINA Coaches Commission, Sheilagh is sought by federations and clubs locally and around the world both for her coaching skills and as an expert in long term athlete development and the advancement of women in sport.


October 31 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Special Session: Women on Boards for Organizations led by Dina Bell-Laroche. (English)

Dina Head Shot 2015Dina Bell-Laroche is an Integral Master Coach with Integral Coaching Canada TM and is also certified with the International Coach Federation. She has been working in sport for over 25 years as an executive director, communications specialist, and sport consultant. She is the co-owner of the Sport Law & Strategy Group, the go-to place for Canadian sport leaders looking for strategic insight in the areas of the law, communications, governance, Integral CoachingTM, and risk management. Through her work, Dina works with sport leaders, coaches and athletes to enhance their leadership capacity, emotional intelligence, and presence.

Dina has been part of a dozen international events including 5 Olympic Games and 3 Pan-American Games. Dina and her husband Pierre are the grateful parents of 3 children whom she believes are her greatest teachers. When she is not working to contribute to the betterment of sport, Dina volunteers her time with SchoolBOX, the West Ottawa Soccer Club, the Bridlewood Community Association, and Tracy’s Hope Legacy Fund.

November 28 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Webinar for Women led by Rochelle Grayson. (English)

Rochelle GraysonRochelle Grayson is currently a Digital Strategy and Social Media Consultant. Rochelle has worked with numerous women’s organizations over the last 11 years including the YWCA, Canadian Women in Communications and Women in Film (Vancouver and Germany). She has also worked with a number of non-profits in a fundraising capacity. For the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s “Awareness Day Fundraising Luncheon”, she raised over $200K.

Rochelle has been on many Boards since 2009. Her appointments have been with global non-profit organizations, national industry associations, and world-class education institutions. Rochelle has also worked with senior-level executives from a variety of organizations to build, grow and monetize online communities. Rochelle has been teaching Social Media Bootcamps & Strategy Sessions for nine years. She has presented globally on how to leverage social media to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

Rochelle holds an MBA in Finance and Business Policy from the University of Chicago. Rochelle is passionate about the benefits of movement and physical activity, especially for women as they age.


November 28 2018,  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Webinar for Women led by Manon Ouellette. (Français)

manon headshot 2Manon has been the Executive Director of Coach NB (formerly the Centre for Coaching Education of New Brunswick) since June of 2006. Prior to this she was the Executive Director of Skate Canada New Brunswick. Manon has been involved in the sport of figure skating as an athlete, coach, and volunteer and is currently part of the coaching staff at the Capital City Skating Club in Fredericton. She has had the opportunity of being part of the Canada Games team’s mission staff in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.   Along with being an assistant chef at the North American Indigenous Games for 2017.  A Coaching Association of Canada Board member since 2013 and a mom of two girls.


January 30 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Women on Boards for Organizations led by Gail Hamamoto. (English)

Gail Hamamoto HeadshotGail Hamamoto is a passionate advocate for equity in sport for athletes with a disability. She has influenced provincial and national policy, served on national and international committees and boards, and currently leads a provincial sport organization as the Executive Director of BC Wheelchair sports Association.  Gail is the Vice President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and serves on the board of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation.

A knowledgeable leader with experience across the full continuum of sport, Gail has been involved as an athlete, coach, official, volunteer, and administrator. She has more than 25 years of professional experience working with and serving on Boards engaged in strategic planning and governance, sport technical decision making, multisport games, revenue generation and government relations.

Gail is an active participant in many sports, including ice hockey, skiing and downhill mountain biking. She enjoys travelling around the world to experience the amazing cultures and people who are part of our global community.


February 27 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

margWebinar for Women led by Marg McGregor. (English)





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